Open Letter to Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (3)

July 1, 2011

Brussels, 30.6.2011

Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

Dear Madam,

Concerns: the deaths in Maghaberry prison, Brendan Lillis actually dying in the Maghaberry prison

Thanks for your reply.

It is very strange that, while you are pretending to investigate the complaints from prisoners and the deaths in prison custody (from 1 September 2005 the remit of the Prisoner Ombudsman was even extended as required by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), you ‘can not comment and can not be helpful’ in the case of Brendan Lillis who is very sick and is dying now in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland where there were 3 deaths during the past 3 months.

You say that these matters are for Minister for Justice Ford and the prison authorities.

Many people wrote to Minister Ford and the prison authorities but they didn’t receive an answer.

Have they to wait until they can go to the funeral of Brendan ?

Don’t forget that you are an prisoner ombudsman. So, it is your work to DO something for prisoners.

Remember also that if you do not help a sick prisoner who risks to die, you can be prosecuted as this prisoner dies.

Yours sincerely,

Jan Boeykens
President of Werkgroep Morkhoven
Belgium

Friends of Brendan Lillis
https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_182248348494841#!/home.php?sk
=group_132734503459781

Photo: Pauline McCabe and her team

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3 Responses to “Open Letter to Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (3)”

  1. kruitvat Says:

    HM Inspectorate of Prisons

    To ensure independent inspection of places of detention to report on conditions and treatment, and promote positive outcomes for those detained and the public.

    Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales (HMI Prisons) is an independent inspectorate which reports on conditions for and treatment of those in prison, young offender institutions and immigration detention facilities.

    The role of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons is to provide independent scrutiny of the conditions for and treatment of prisoners and other detainees, promoting the concept of ‘healthy prisons’ in which staff work effectively to support prisoners and detainees to reduce reoffending or achieve other agreed outcomes.

    HM Chief Inspector of Prisons is appointed by the Justice Secretary from outside the Prison Service, for a term of five years. The Chief Inspector reports directly to the Justice Secretary and Ministers on the treatment of prisoners, conditions in prisons in England and Wales and other matters as directed by the Justice Secretary. The Inspectorate also reports to the Home Secretary on conditions and treatment in all places of immigration detention in the United Kingdom.

    The Prisons Inspectorate also has statutory responsibility to inspect all immigration removal centres and holding facilities. In addition, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons is invited to inspect the Military Corrective Training Centre in Colchester, prisons in Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

    Together with HM Inspectorate of Constabulary the Inspectorate of Prisons inspects police custody in England and Wales and, with HM Inspectorate of Probation, offender management arrangements in custody during all full announced prison inspections.

    The Inspectorate’s work constitutes an important part of the United Kingdom’s obligations under the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment: to have in place regular independent inspection of places of custody.
    http://www.justice.gov.uk/about/hmi-prisons/index.htm
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    HMP Risley (PDF 0.6Mb)
    Report on an announced inspection of HMP Risley (7 – 11 February 2011) by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

    HMP Lindholme (PDF 0.2Mb)
    Report on an unannounced short follow-up inspection of HMP Lindholme (18 – 20 January 2011) by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

    Resettlement provision for children and young people (PDF 0.7Mb)
    Resettlement provision for children and young people: accommodation and education, training and employment (June 2011), a thematic report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons

    Policy custody in Sutton
    Report on an inspection visit to the police custody suite in the Metropolitan Police Service Borough of Sutton (1 – 3 March 2011) by HM Inspectorate of Prisons and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (PDF 0.14mb)

    HMYOI Rochester
    Report on an announced inspection of HMYOI Rochester (14 – 18 February 2011) by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (PDF 0.7Mb)

    HMP Whitemoor
    Report on a full unannounced inspection of HMP Whitemoor (11 – 21 January 2011) by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (PDF 0.6Mb)

    HMP/YOI Northallerton
    Report on an announced inspection of HMP/YOI Northallerton (17 – 21 January 2011) by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (PDF 0.5Mb)…

  2. kruitvat Says:

    Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, ‘cannot be helpful’ in the case of Brendan Lillis who is dying in the Maghaberry prison but can be helpful in other cases…

    RTE News Ireland: ‘Prisoner Ombudsman can be helpful…’

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    29 March 2011 – The PSNI has begun a criminal investigation after the Northern Ireland Prisoner Ombudsman said a prison officer planted a note in the cell of a dissident republican suspect. http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0329/psni.html

    Probe into Maghaberry prison cell note

    The PSNI has begun a criminal investigation after the Northern Ireland Prisoner Ombudsman said a prison officer planted a note in the cell of a dissident republican suspect.
    The Prison Service of Northern Ireland says a member of staff has been suspended following the report by the ombudsman.
    In a statement, the Prison Service said the prison officer was suspended in accordance with its code of discipline.
    ‘We have launched a disciplinary investigation into this matter which has been adjourned pending the outcome of the police inquiry.’
    The note is believed to have contained personal details about the then Governor of Maghaberry Prison, Steve Rodford.
    Mr Rodford resigned in December 2009 because of fears he faced a security threat.
    Prisoner Ombudsman Pauline McCabe found that on the balance of probabilities, a member of prison staff planted the note in the cell of Brendan McConville, who is charged with the murder of PSNI Constable Stephen Carroll in Craigavon two years ago.
    Mr McConville’s lawyer wrote to the Ombudsman alleging that his client had been set up by prison staff opposed to planned reforms within the prison.

  3. kruitvat Says:

    Irish Prisoner Facing Death!

    30 juin 2011

    Brendan Lillis, a 59 year old former Life-sentence political prisoner from West Belfast, in Ireland, is currentlydesperately ill in the medical wing of the notorious Maghaberry prison, in County Antrim. He suffers from the intensely painful and progressive disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis which due to other medical complications has left himunable to move from his bed for 14 months and his weight has dropped to a perilous 6 stones (38.1 Kilos !). Due to a series of serious infections and medication which has compromised his immune system, Mr Lillis has been unable to eat, sleep or hold down even liquids for a period close to a month and is constant agony. In short, his health has deteriorated to such an extent that his partner Roisin, who is his only contact with the outside world, fears that he will die in his prison bed!

    Dont let Brendan die in prison!

    Mr Lillis was an Irish Republican political prisoner who had been released on license but unfortunately was wrongfully arrested for an attempted robbery over a year ago. Despite being judged unfit to stand trial, due to his desperate medical condition, Mr Lillis is still being held in Maghaberry prison ‘on license’ due to his previous conviction for Irish Republican political charges and is currently in a ‘Catch 22′ situation, where he can be held indefinitely at the ‘pleasure’ of the British ‘Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Mr Owen Patterson! . With the ‘Secretary of State’ having the singular power to release Mr Lillis, only public pressure will convince him to allow this seriously ill prisoner to receive the medical treatment he so badly needs and to spend his remaining days with his family, in a non-high security prison environment.

    Mr Lillis’ case is a purelyhumanitarian issue but it is complicated by his political antecedents. Ankylosing Spondylitis, the condition that Mr Lillis suffers from is an intensely painful condition that begins witha curvature of the spine and it has now got to the stage where he is in extreme pain 24 hours a day, with little relief and grossly sub-standard medical care. The Maghaberry prison ‘hospital’ is little more than a ‘sick-bay’ which is guarded by Unionist prison warders, who would be antagonistic to Mr Lillis due to his Irish Republican past.

    Roisin, Mr Lillis’ partner, is understandably beside herself with anxiety and is desperately looking for help with her fledgling campaign to have Brendan treated with dignity. Roisin stated:

    “I am trying my best to highlight this but sadly I’m working alone and don’t have much experience this area but I’m trying my best……For the 1st 10 weeks he had no visits because he couldn’t get into a wheelchair and they wouldn’t let me into the jail, after a lot of debates with the jail i was eventually allowed to visit him in his cell which i have done since then. as you all no Brendan is now in a precarious situation and if he doesn’t get released from jail i am in no doubts he will die soon.”

    Mr Lillis’ case should be a concern for everyone on humanitarian grounds alone and it would appear that only public pressure will make the Secretary of State notice the plight of a seriously ill, 59 year old man, in Maghaberry top-security prison, who is in constant pain on a daily basis and whose weight has plummeted to a dangerous 6 stone. Anyone who can help is asked to contact:

    friends.of​.brendan.l​illis@gmai​l.com
    politicians in Ireland, the UK, the USA and elsewhere
    media
    clergy
    humanitarian organisations
    the ‘Secretary of state for Northern Ireland’ Owen Patterson
    anyone who can help with Mr Lillis’ plight
    In conclusion, this is an obvious case where a human being is gravely ill, in constant pain and being kept in an environment where he is clearly not receiving anything like the medical care he needs. Mr Lillis’ family are imploringanyonewho can help with his plight to assist in whatever way they can. Mr Lillis’ case is a humanitarian issue that anyone, irrespective of political allegiance, can feel safe supporting. It is a sad indictment on society, in the 21st Century, that a human being is being held in these conditions.

    Mr Lillis’ partner Roisin has simply asked for help to save her partner’s life, don’t let her fight alone.

    By Iskra1916
    @ hubpages.com/hub/Brendan-Lillis-Irish-Prisoner-Being-Allowed-To-Die-in-Maghaberry-Gaol

    http://beforeitsnews.com/story/767/127/Irish_Prisoner_Facing_Death.html


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